|Full Name||Sakshi Malik|
|Discipline||Women's Freestyle Wrestling|
|Known For||"Won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at 2016 Rio Olympics, and became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics"|
|Born||3 September 1992||Age||25|
|Nickname||-||Hometown||Mokhra village, Rohtak district, Haryana, India|
|Height||162 cm / 5' 4"||Weight||58 kg / 128 lb|
|Ethnicity||Indian||Relationship Status||Married to a fellow wrestler, "Satyawart Kadian"|
Education and Family
|High School||-||College||Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak|
|Educational Qualification||Master's degree in Physical Education||Job||Gazetted Officer in Indian Railways|
|Father||Sukhbir Malik||Mother||Sudesh Malik|
|Brother||Sachin Malik||Coach||Ishwar Dahiya, Kuldeep Malik, Kripa Shankar, Manjeet|
Sakshi Malik's Career
After being motivated to take up wrestling by her grandfather Badlu Ram, who was also a wrestler, Shakshi Malik began training in wrestling at the age of 12 under a coach, Ishwar Dahiya, at an akhara in Chhotu Ram Stadium, Rohtak.
Her first success as a professional wrestler in the international arena came in 2010 at the Junior World Championships where she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg freestyle event, followed by the gold at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Tournament in the 60 kg category, after which she never ever stopped her passion and dedication towards the game.
Malik began her campaign at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games winning her quarterfinal bout, while In the semifinal, she faced Braxton Stone of Canada whom she also defeated by 3–1 to assure herself of a medal, but the final closely contested bout didn't went too good for her, after which she won her first ever silver, while in the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent, she crashed out of the tournament after a 1–3 loss in the quarter-final.
At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, in a total of five rounds in the 60 kg category, Shakshi battled through two rounds to finish in the third position and claim a bronze medal.
After qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating China's Zhang Lan in the semifinal of the 58 kg category, she won the bronze medal after a 8–5 victory over the reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, despite trailing 0–5 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff, and became India's first Female Wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
Recently, in January 2017, Sakshi Malik represented 'Colors Delhi Sultans' in the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League. She has also been featured in the women's day campaign called as #EveryWomanStrong for her sponsor JSW Group
Achievements and Awards
- 2009 Asian Junior Championships, Manila - Silver (59 kg)
- 2010 World Junior Championships, Budapest - Bronze (59 kg)
- 2012 Asian Junior Championships, Almaty - Gold (63 kg)
- 2013 Commonwealth Championship, Johannesburg - Bronze (63 kg)
- 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow - Silver (58 kg)
- 2015 Asian Championships, Doha - Bronze (60 kg)
- 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro - Bronze (58 kg)
- 2017 Asian Championships, New Delhi - Silver (60 kg)
- After class 2 job offer from the Government of Haryana, she promoted to gazetted officer rank by her employer, the Indian Railways.
- 500 yd2 land grant from the Government of Haryana.
- Multiple cash prizes totaling over ₹5.7 crore (US$890,000) from various sports Authorities of India, and state Goverments.
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2016) - Highest sporting honour of India.
- Padma Shri (2017) - Fourth highest Indian national honour.